Montana has one House seat and two Senate seats in the U.S. Congress. The House seat and one of the Senate seats will be changing hands as a result of the November 2014 election, because no incumbents are running. The current Montana rep, Republican Steve Daines, is running for the Senate seat whose Democrat incumbent is retiring.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid hand-picked Democrat John Walsh to run against Daines for the Senate seat. Walsh’s campaign imploded after the New York Times revealed Walsh had plagiarized his master’s thesis. The Montana Democrat Party replaced Walsh with Amanda Curtis.
Meet Amanda Curtis [1:49]
Three weeks ago, Rasmussen Reports had the Senate race polling at +20 points to Daines. Things aren’t much better for the House seat. Republican Ryan Zinke (former Montana State Senator and retired Navy Commander) is running against Democrat John Lewis (former top aide to Montana Senator Max Baucus). Real Clear Politics assessment is that “the national climate doesn’t favor the Democrats right now, so Zinke is the clear favorite.”
On July 8, 2014, Democrat John Lewis released his plan to clean up Congress by cutting member salaries if they didn’t pass a joint budget resolution.
Isn’t that a really spectacular idea … to punish members of Congress in the wallets if they don’t do their JOBS?!
Well, yes, as a matter of fact, it is … which could be why Republican Representative Steve Daines introduced the Balanced Budget Accountability Act of 2013 and co-sponsored the No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013 to … cough,cough … cut member salaries if they didn’t pass a joint budget resolution.
In other words … yet another Montana Democrat candidate has been caught plagiarizing important stuff and … cough,cough … the guy he ripped off is the Republican candidate for Senate.